Chinatown Community Children's Center

Our Story


Our organization was founded in 1972 as part of California’s Asian-American civil rights movement. Our early leaders mobilized campaigns to make public services available to both Chinatown and the Asian-American community at large. In fact, our first Executive Director, Dr. Lucinda Lee Katz, was one of the plaintiffs in the landmark 1974 U.S. Supreme Court case Lau v. Nichols that legalized bilingual and English-as-a-Second-Language education in our nation’s public schools.

As a result of this activism, CCCC remains involved in broader neighborhood and community issues. This level of engagement allows us to impact a larger population than our direct service clients.

- Founded in 1972, the Center is one of the oldest existing non-profit early education centers in San Francisco – having successfully provided more than 3,000 families in the Bay Area with quality bilingual-bicultural care and education
- We provide care for 84 children, ages 2 to 5 years – with over 80% of our children from families that are below the standard income level
- In a nurturing learning environment, the CCCC children receive nutritious meals, health screenings, and early identification of special needs
- The Center also provides much-needed social services to the families of our students/children

The Chinatown Community Children's Center (CCCC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality early education and other social services to meet the needs of new immigrant and bilingual/bicultural families in San Francisco. Our mission is to help integrate these families into American society and gain economic stability while maintaining their cultural identity.

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Contact Information


Chinatown Community Children's Center
Chinatown Community Children's Center
979 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108